Alumni art exhibit displays fond memories of CBU
Riverside, Calif. (Jan. 21, 2020) – California Baptist University hosted an opening reception for an exhibition of fine art alumni on Jan. 16. The art exhibit “Where We Went from Here” features artwork from seven CBU fine art graduates at the Rose Garden Chapel Art Gallery.
Kristine Lippire, associate professor of visual art, said the exhibit showcases some of the best artwork produced by these alumni during their time at CBU and since they graduated.
“I have not gotten to see what these graduates have been doing in the art world. This exhibit allows them to be connected to the CBU family and feel supported so they can keep coming back to campus,” Lippire said. “I want current students to see former students making art and excel in the real world and to change the mindset of those who believe artists do not make money.”
The exhibition features 88 pieces including paintings, digital media, abstract pieces and illustrated children’s books. Alumni work featured at the exhibit is by Tawni Franzen, Mayuli Lemus, Jessica Robyn, Gloriana Sandoval, Lauren Sankey, Brooke Villegas and Hannah Yokoo.
Villegas (’17), who is now working as a freelance artist and art instructor in Riverside, said she was thrilled to participate in the exhibit.
“Through branching out, working with different art mediums and networking with artists, I was able to gain my own style through my years at CBU,” Villegas said.
Villegas said her favorite piece she created for the exhibit is titled “‘Witness,” an abstract watercolor painting.
“So many times, there is an opportunity to share my faith and this piece is a reminder to keep talking about faith with the use of art,” Villegas said.
The exhibit is open Monday – Friday from noon - 8 p.m. until Feb. 29.